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Monopoly corrupts. Absolute monopoly corrupts absolutely.





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This comment is actually for the Salinger article, but the site's periodic glitch with cutting off the bottoms of articles has afflicted that one and as a result its comment submission form is missing -- the page ends with the words "Submit Comment".

The bulk of the book was written when the litigious Salinger was still alive, but I can't help wondering if his heirs might have proved a little more relaxed about quotation.

Doubtful, given what those same heirs did to the unauthorized sequel to Catcher in the Rye.

Sure why not.

P.S. Fantastic blog you have here sir.

Against Net-Neutrality

As a recent column in the Wall Street Journal reminds us, online freedom is jeopardized in the name of "net neutrality" (The FCC's Threat to Internet Freedom). This is just another case of the state re-labeling things to sound benign but that are really invasions of liberty and property rights-another good example being use of the term "intellectual property" to masque the true nature of state-granted monopoly privilege rights...

This actually belongs on the "Outrage spreads ..." story but the site's page-truncation bug has hit that article and, once again, the page ends right after the words "Submit Comment" and right before the actual submission form. So I'm forced to put this here instead.

Isn't it normally the case that a photograph taken by a professional photographer hired by a family is a "work for hire" and the family has the copyright, not the photographer?

Works as designed. Some posters do not want comments on their posts. Notably Justin Levine. You will not be able to comment on any of Justin's posts.
Works as designed

Balderdash. It cannot possibly be intended that there be pages that prominently say "Submit Comment" on them but don't have any form on them for entering said comment. That cannot logically be anything but a computer error.

Now fix it, immediately.

Works as designed, but not as expected.
Works as designed

Baloney. It cannot possibly be intended that there be pages that prominently say "Submit Comment" on them but don't have any form on them for entering said comment. That cannot logically be anything but a computer error.

Now fix it, immediately.


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